Harry Redknapp has urged Tottenham boss Nuno Espirito Santo to stop making a “very strange” call to Dele Alli on set pieces, amid the club’s poor concessions record.
Spurs head to the North London derby on Sunday against Arsenal after two successive Premier League defeats. However, they haven’t scored in any of those matches.
What is arguably more worrying is that they conceded six times in those 180 minutes.
A 3-0 loss to Chelsea followed the same score against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.
Spurs impressed during the first half of last sunday’s game against chelsea. However, they were negated by Chelsea’s second-half goals, one of which came from a corner kick.
For this free kick, midfielder Dele scored goalscorer Thiago Silva, with Antonio Rudiger – who had Cristian Romero for company – nearby. Talk to The sun, Redknapp criticized Tottenham’s bizarre organization.
“Of course they will concede on set pieces when they have Dele Alli scoring Thiago Silva’s likes,” the former Tottenham boss said.
“I thought it was very strange for Nuno and his backroom team to sit in the locker room before the Blues clash and make that call.
“He identified the set pieces as a weakness in his team, but then he puts Alli against Silva, who wants to come and direct the ball for his life. “
Sunday’s derby sees Spurs clash with an Arsenal side that has seen a resurgence in recent times.
After three defeats at the start of the season, Mikel Arteta’s men continue to win 1-0 against Norwich and Burnley.
Still, Redknapp believes Spurs can make a statement by ending their own spell of bad league form against the Gunners.
Redknapp says Tottenham can make a statement
“In my mind, the North London Derby is an opportunity for Tottenham to show why they should be tough for the top four,” said the expert.
“Nuno mentioned injury issues, but having [Harry] Kane, son [Heung-min] and Alli in your front row, you should cement your place in those Champions League places.
“The Arsenal the back line will look at them before the game (Sunday) and wonder how they are going to fare as it has been tough work for them at times this season.
“Much will depend on the Gunners’ ability to improve their level of play, as there is no doubt that Tottenham have a much better team. “
Tottenham and Arsenal each scored a victory in their Premier League encounters last season. Spurs beat the Gunners 2-0 in December, before Arsenal took revenge with a 2-1 victory in March.
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